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Poems: Language of the Heavens & In Praise of the Arts

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Dinali Virasinghe ponders the mystery embodied and evoked by both clouds and art in two contributions for this week’s Poet’s Corner.

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Language of the Heavens

Cloud gazing, eyes skyward
Take time to watch the clouds in their many manifestations.
From mere wisps swept wide by artists in the sky,
to cotton wool masses pregnant with water yearning earthward.

Are they mere atmospheric decorations?
Something to be transformed into dragons and horses
fleeing across time and space:
an exercise for the imaginative mind?

Or are they ever shifting meteorological messages?
Filled with import for our daily pottering
even their absence conveying information
Decipherable by those still wise in the ways of the earth.

Cloud gazing, eyes skyward
Heart and mind earth-wide,
filling with the knowledge of life in its unfolding.

In Praise of the Arts

That moment when you cross
from superficial, bounded understanding
into the experience of sensing
the great Mystery.

A line of poetry may lead you there
from the firm ground of the familiar
to the expansive possibilities where muses live.

Or a quaver of a song
One minute dancing to the structured rhythm
the next revelling in the bliss beyond words.

A painting too
may catch the eye and draw you down
the rabbit hole into the unknown.

Seek these gateways.
Linger where they take you
Life would be unbearably dull without
these forays within and beyond.

Born in Sri Lanka, Dinali Virasinghe lives in Adelaide. A teacher of yoga, an environmental scientist and gardener, her collection ‘Meandering on the Margins’ was published last year and she has read her work on Radio Adelaide and regularly reads at Soul Lounge Adelaide.

Readers’ original and unpublished poems of up to 40 lines can be emailed, with postal address, to Submissions should be in the body of the email, not as attachments. A poetry book will be awarded to each accepted contributor.
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